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Planted in Miami

Planted in Miami is a podcast about conscious living in the Magic City. Every other week, hosts Alex & Jeanette, speak with locals who are pushing Miami to new heights through their conscious companies, activism, community involvement, and inspiring projects.
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Now displaying: December, 2017
Dec 18, 2017

Did you know? The amount of paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons disposed of annually could wrap the equator 300 times! 

Spending summers in a country house on the border of Russia and Finland, Anastasia Mikhalochkina (Anna) grew to appreciate the outdoors and witnessed a direct correlation between the consequences of her actions and its effect on a contained environment. Fast forward to Anastasia taking these lessons and her trainings in product and graphic design to found the local start-up company, Lean Orb which specializes in providing plant-based food service packaging and catering supplies made from agricultural by-products such as fallen palm leaves, sugar cane, and wheat straw.

Anna's entrepreneurial spirit and passion stems from her desire to find sustainable solutions to current environmental issues.  She believes in educating not only the consumer but the buyers as well by guiding them through the process of swapping out traditional forms of packaging to an alternative that is not only stylish and custom, but one that can be composted and kept out of landfills.  Her activism also includes  supporting vendors that treat their employees with respect and offer advancements via education such as the Crescent Educational Society (CREDSO).

Building on her approach of community outreach and engaging local politicians and like-minded organizations, Anna looks forward to finding solutions to eliminating waste and creating more opportunities for composting in Miami.  We expect big things from Lean Orb and Anna and we are excited for you to get to know her better.

We hope you enjoy the conversation,

Alex & Jeanette

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Dec 4, 2017

Inspiration is all around us.  For Mariana Cortez, it was her baby boy, Luke, who was allergic to dairy that inspired her to create dairy/gluten-free, vegan cakes that he could enjoy on his birthdays.  When she got the idea of taking her cakes and making them into mini cupcakes, it set her on a remarkable journey which led her to open Miami's first vegan bakery, Bunnie Cakes, and Miami's first vegan DIY cupcake/cake decorating studio, Bunnie Cakes Studio, to selling her creations at Whole Foods Markets and now being the first vegan cupcake to be offered in Starbucks locations throughout South Florida.

Bunnie Cakes is more than a bakery, it's an experience. When you first walk through the doors you are greeted by an explosion of colors and a display of cupcakes, cookies, brownies, sandwiches, and more that are just as bright and lively.  The walls recount its humble beginnings and hearts are a central theme throughout the store and on the cupcakes.  The love for her family is reflected in photos and you can immediately feel the warmth and sense of belonging when you're there. 

Bunnie Cakes is a story of love, loss, dreams, and having the courage to follow your heart.

We hope you enjoy the conversation,

Alex and Jeanette

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For behind the scenes photos, videos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com

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